Consumers warned against certain medicine, cosmetics

Published on 2 January 2012 in News
Malak Shaher (author)

Malak Shaher

Contaminated medication confiscted in 2010 in Sana'a

Contaminated medication confiscted in 2010 in Sana'a

SANA’A, January 1– The Yemeni Society for Consumer Protection (YSCP) has warned women from buying certain cosmetics that contain a high level of lead. 

Fadhl Mansoor, head of the society, claimed that the three cosmetics are Jador, Miss Rose and Silky Shine. He said that the Saudi Food and Medication Association had warned consumers not to buy any of these products.

The society has also sent a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture about the use of banned chemical substances to improve the appearance of fruit.  

The plant protection department at the ministry is now working on a proposal to present to parliament to confiscate all fruit and vegetables with traces of the chemical substance, according to Ali Junaid, head of the department.

“We have a laboratory to check that fruit and vegetables do not have any dangerous effect on people’s lives,” he told the Yemen Times.

The YSCP is an association working to stop expired or counterfeit medicine and contaminated food from being imported in to Yemen. 

In December 2011, they published a statement saying that at least 30 percent of medicine on the market in Yemen is fake and called on the government to impose stricter restrictions on the sale of medicine.

For example, Augmentin 1Gm, an antibiotic, was analyzed by a Saudi laboratory and found to contain no active ingredients, rendering it useless, according to the YSCP.

The society added that counterfeit versions of real medicine were also in circulation. A fake version of Levitra, used to treat erectile dysfunction, is on the market while counterfeits of Yasmin, a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy, can also be found.

Last year, the YSCP warned consumers against using the anti-fungal medication Nizoral, which had serious and direct side effects on the liver.

Mansoor said the society is to publish more warnings about medicine and cosmetics next week.

Just three months ago, at least four tons of medicine was also confiscated in the Safia district of Sana’a, according to Muhsen Mayas, the head of the district health office.

Around 37 types of medicine were destroyed, some of which had expired in 2007.

At least 4,000 boxes of powder milk for children, under the brand name Similac, had been confiscated, according to  a report published in local newspaper Al-Wahda.

The YSCP also said that it had received claims from people that treated water “smelled and it has a different taste.